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A daring and unapologetic examination

of religion, pop culture and

Black representation. 

Who would you rather pray to?

Beyoncé or white Jesus?

Jamal grew up Catholic in a Caribbean household, but would rather light a candle and worship celebrities than white saints. Combining African diasporic ritual, music and storytelling, Idol is a spiritual journey that asks what happens when you don't see yourself represented - featuring a host of celebrity appearances.

A Jamal Gerald, Transform and

Theatre in the Mill Co-Production.

Seed commissioned by hÅb, STUN and Contact for Works Ahead. Supported by Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council, and using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Lead Artist - Jamal Gerald

Musician/Performer - Pariss Elektra

Musician/Performer - Azizi Cole

Dramaturge - Maddy Costa

Outside Eye - Rachael Young

Movement Director - Akeim Toussaint Buck 

Stage and Lighting Design - Ben Pacey 

Costume - Hannah Wilson

Ritual Consultant - Christella Litras

Stage Manager - Charlotte Woods

Production Manager - Helen Mugridge

Producer - Transform

Buy the playtext from Bloomsbury HERE

 This is performance at its greatest

Culture Vulture

 The ceremony and celebration of Idol is a balm for the troubled soul of the Millennial diaspora 

★★★★ The LGBTQ Arts Review 

 Idol is pain and joy so beautifully delivered. Speaks so clearly of the importance of representation

Audience Response

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